How to Wear a Hair Comb

One of my favorite wedding day hair accessories is the hair comb. A hair comb is a subtle, simple, and elegant way to dress up your ‘do, whether worn up or down. If you’re wondering how to wear a hair comb, which hairstyle works best with hair combs, or how to keep it secure, you’ve come to the right place. In this post, we’ll uncover hair comb secrets, show you eight hair comb hairstyles to inspire your look, and we’ll share some vintage-inspired hair combs. And, once you know how to wear one, you’ll want to try it out… right? We’re also giving away a FREE hair comb to one lucky reader by the always-inspiring Marolsha. Let’s get started…

How to Wear a Hair Comb (hair accessory by Tessa Kim, photo by Candice Benjamin)

hair accessory by tessa kim, photo by candice benjamin

A hair comb typically has metal prongs to secure into one’s hairstyle. A hair comb can be used to attach to a larger hair accessory (as seen above) or as a stand-alone hair accessory. Hair combs are often vintage-inspired and feature elements such as rhinestones, pearls, crystals, feathers, or floral embellishments.

How to Wear a Hair Comb - pink hair comb by Marolsha

by marolsha

How to Wear a Hair Comb

Updo’s or thick hair

If you have a strong base such as an updo, bun, chignon, french twist, or thick hair to begin with, the prongs of your hair comb should ‘lock’ into place easily.

Hair down hairstyles

Prefer loose curls? Wearing your hair down? Have fine or thin hair? Wearing a braid? You can still wear a hair comb: just add a few accessories to keep it in place. Gather a section of your hair in one of these elastics and push the hair comb prongs into the ‘ponytail’ above the elastic. Or, use bobby pins or snap clips to keep the comb in place. (Make sure any clips or pins are the color of your hair and well-hidden.) If using bobby pins, place them in an ‘X’ shape for extra security. And, make sure your hair comb isn’t too heavy. Always consult your hairstylist to see if he or she can accommodate your hairstyle with your selected hair comb. Always do a run-through first to make sure you love the hairstyle before the big day.

Hair Comb Hairstyles

To inspire your perfect hair comb infused look, consider one of these gorgeous hairstyles.

How to Wear a Haircomb - Hair Comb Hairstyles


1 | by gertie baxter
2, 5 & 6 | by
tessa kim; photos by candice benjamin
3 | via anne barge from the knot
4 | hair comb by jennifer behr via pinterest
7 | by sibo designs
8 | comb by erica koesler via the knot

Vintage-Inspired Hair Combs

How to Wear a Hair Comb - vintage-inspired hair combs by Marolsha

by marolsha

Win a Hair Comb

Now that you have an idea of how to wear a hair comb (+ hair comb hairstyles), enter for a chance to win one! You could win the gorgeous antiqued rose hair comb (shown in the image below) by Marolsha. Enter between 7.24 and 7.30.13 (11:59pm EST) for your chance to win. Use entry form below.

How to Wear a Hair Comb - antiqued rose hair comb by Marolsha

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  • Anggela

    Love the Blush Soft Baby Pink Flower comb

  • Charee

    I really like the Large Cream Ivory Rose, Maroon Red, Brown, Pearl, Brass Leaf Flower Wedding Comb. It is very pretty and I love the colors.

  • Michelle

    I love the pearl combs

  • Chicago Wedding DJ

    I love hair pins!! Especially when they are something “blue.” Great advice for brides to try their hairstyle out ahead of time, I would hate to see something go wrong the day of. Awesome blog!!

  • Angela F.

    Loving the FreshWater Button Pearl, Shabby Chic,
    Vintage Style Art Nouveau Hair Comb. Pearl Wedding Clip. Bridesmaids
    Gift. Metal Filigree Haircomb.

  • Brittany

    So pretty!

  • Kaylene

    The one being given away would be a lovely accent to my dress :)

  • Justyne M

    The bobby pins are beautiful too, I love these vintage style pins!

  • Kaylene

    Still loving these gorgeous combs!

  • Lisa

    The large creamy white flower on brass filigree would be perfect for my daughter on her wedding day.

  • Star Lyn

    I’ve been looking for hair comb ideas! Thanks for sharing!

  • Brittany

    Such a lovely accessory!

  • Jen

    I love the blue floral – it’s so simple. And I love the styling with hair down (I’m not an updo kind of girl!)

  • Leah Warner

    I love the Soft Light Pink Mum Rose, Aqua Blue Daisy Flower Collage Hair Comb! Matches my wedding colors perfectly!

  • Justyne M

    The metal filigree flower, white shell pearl art nouveau brass hair comb is just my style!

  • Meg Swiggard

    This would be an amazing option for me since I’m not into the veil idea.

  • Lauren

    Very cute!

  • Brittany

    This is so lovely! Would love to win!

  • Alexis M

    My favorite is definitely the “Large Blush Pink Flower, Soft Green Rose, Brass Leaf Collage Hair Comb.” It’s even got a perfect little pearl in there! Would perfectly match my wedding theme. Gorgeous.

  • Kaylene
  • Justyne M

    The shabby antiqued ivory gold rose hair comb is beautiful!

  • Brittany

    All of these combs are lovely…the ivory and gold ones go great with my colors. I also like the mint green one.

  • Natalie

    I absolutely love the “soft ivory chrysanthemum” comb. It would look great with my ivory lace dress at my bridal shower!

  • Amelia


  • Brittany

    This comb is so cute! It would look great with my colors

  • Kaylene

    Still obsessed with these hair combs. I also love her bobby pins! So cute.

  • Justyne M
  • Priscilla_Joy

    I like the Large Amethyst Purple Rose Comb!

  • Ari

    Love the green brass looking one on the top :)

  • Ellen

    I really love the first hair comb, the big flower one to replace a veil. Beautiful

  • Tiffany

    Love the large cream ivory rose hair comb!

  • Brittany
  • Kassondra

    These are beautiful! I am definitely wearing a floral clip on my wedding day. I absolutely the tessa kim white flowers. Beautiful!

  • Michelle

    I like the Daisys!

  • Kaylene

    They’re all so pretty, but mint is one of my wedding colors so I’d have to choose the “mint green, pink sakura, green swallow bird, pearl, ivory collage hair comb” as my favorite!

  • Ashley Pedersen

    I really love this gold rose hair comb

  • Sally

    My favorite so far is the Metal Filigree Flower.

  • Keeley

    My colors are purple and yellow so the Shades of Purple, with Ivory, Brown Flower Collage Filigree Hair Comb works perfectly :)

  • Megan Gilbert

    Metal Filigree Flower, White Shell Pearl Art Nouveau Antiqued Brass Hair Comb!

  • Mary Villasmil

    I love the Small Ivory Daisy Mum Flower

  • Tanya Patterson

    I love the Large Ivory Chrysanthemum Flower, Brass Leaf Collage Hair Wedding Statement Comb. The little blue flower makes a subtle “something blue” while the chrysanthemum looks very daisy-ish.

  • Alissa

    I loved the comb navy blue, green, and ivory with pearl and leaf branch. The Shabby Rustic comb… So pretty!